Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

“Hello! Are you available tomorrow for a photo shoot? ”

I will always remember these first words of Carmen.
Carmen is a girl who lives in California and wanted to make a surprise proposal to her partner Elena, an Italian girl who lives and studies in California.
After the first messages and the first requests made by Carmen, I immediately realize that what she asks me to organize will be unforgettable. The tight time to organize all the surprise, for the evening of the next day, was against us but with the right knowledge I managed to make what Carmen requested feasible.
I found the only place in Borgo in Bellagio with a little privacy and everything for them, a terrace in the Central Hotel in Bellagio.
Obviously Elena knew nothing and we started the photo shoot through the streets of the Borgo di Bellagio and then ended up in the hotel with the excuse that I had booked a small aperitif for them.
What can I say, the surprise was great.
The thrill of having immortalized this moment was enormous.
Thanks also to the Pirovano brothers who in record time provided me with the flowers needed to decorate the terrace.
Here are some shots of the day.
Thank you Carmen for choosing me as your photographer.


Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio


A betrothed in Bellagio

These are the stories I like. 

Some time ago I was contacted by a girl who asked me if I also do film photography workshops, since she had seen one of my proposals online where I took black and white photos with film to tourists. 

And since one of her friends is about to get married and being the bride-to-be passionate about photography, her friends have decided to surprise her! 

I have never considered myself a master at what I have always done but I consider myself, (as my photography teacher also says :-)) an eternal student. 

In short, motion prevails in me: Never stop learning! 

Since I manage my photographic technique and subsequent development quite well, the workshop proposal is created in shooting in black and white with film and subsequent development. 


The day of the photo session arrives. 

The bride-to-be is super surprised! she did not suspect anything and the surprise of her friends succeeds perfectly. 

After the initial phase where she becomes familiar with the camera I give her, a Nikon F60 with a 28mm 2.8, a photographic kit that helps a lot during the shooting phase. 

I explain to her how I would like her to take pictures of her, explaining my shooting method, in order to develop the rolls quite similar. 

In all honesty I have to say that the photos turned out very well, for it was the first time he shot in black and white with film. 

We take 3 negatives between Ilford HP5 + 400 and Ilford Delta Pro 400. For development I use Ilford ID-11 in 1 + 1. 

I scan the photos to show them how the photographs they took turned out. 

The texture that the film has for me has a romanticism of other times, elegant. 


Brava! 

Here are some shots taken by me during the photo session.

Photo Shoot in Bellagio

Photo Shoot in Varenna

One day I am contacted by a French girl who wants to use my services as a photographer to give her mother a birthday present. 

After having organized everything by choosing the town of Varenna as the place for the photo shoot, which is splendid in these summer days with its so unique colors and the flowers that surround the landscape. 

I must say that the shoot takes place with a unique naturalness, the mother after the first photos begins to become familiar with being in front of the lens. 

In 1 hour I take about 800 shots, because in some places I used slow continuous shooting in order to have more angles. 

What about the delivery of the photos they were happy and now I show you some of the shots chosen. My favorites on chosen favorites.

Photo Shoot in Varenna

Photo Shoot in Varenna

Photo Shoot in Varenna

Photo Shoot in Varenna

Photo Shoot in Varenna

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